Achilles tendonitis is a common injury among athletes, especially runners. It is not uncommon amoung people who lack fitness too.
It occurs when the Achilles tendon, which attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone, becomes swollen and inflamed from overuse or strain. Achilles tendinitis can cause severe pain and discomfort in the back of the heel or calf and can prevent sufferers from participating in physical activities. The most common symptom of Achilles tendinitis is a dull pain that increases when pressure is placed on the Achilles tendon; this could be from something as simple as standing up after sitting for a long period of time. Achilles tendinitis may also cause swelling in the ankle and heel area and a decrease in range of motion in the ankle joint.
What should you do if you have Achilles tendonitis?
Treating Achilles tendinitis requires rest, ice, stretching, strengthening exercises, and possibly even special orthotics to help reduce pain and promote healing. Resting your Achilles tendon prevents further damage while icing numbs pain and helps reduce chronic inflammation, speeding up the healing process. Stretching helps improve flexibility but be careful not to overstretch especially when the tendon is acutely painful.
After a period of rest, icing the inflamed tendon, and light stretching, strengthening exercises can help strengthen muscles surrounding your Achilles tendon to reduce stress on it when you’re active. Special orthotics or arch supports are made specifically for people with Achilles tendinitis. They help by giving extra cushioning to your feet and by distributing the pressure more evenly throughout the foot and ankle allowing the affected area to heal.
How Step Right can help
At Step Right, our experts specialise in helping those with lower extremity injuries, such as Achilles tendinitis, get back on their feet again. We provide customised arch supports that are tailored just for you so you don’t waste your money on badly designed generic off the shelf foot solutions that don’t fit properly or do not provide enough support for your specific needs. Our team will assess your feet and gait before recommending the correct type of footwear and orthotics that are designed specifically for your needs so they can better target problem areas and help alleviate pain.
We offer practical advice on how to best manage your Achilles tendonitis, such as stretching exercises and more that all work together to reduce inflammation and improve flexibility so you can walk without discomfort again. We also make sure our clients understand how important it is to stay hydrated while exercising so they don’t become dehydrated which can lead to the increased likelihood of suffering an injury during physical activities.
At Step Right we strive to provide our clients with comprehensive care plans that address their individual needs so they can quickly return back on their feet without experiencing any complications along the way! Our foot experts understand how difficult it can be to deal with an injury like Achilles tendinitis but we are here, ready to assist each step of the way toward recovery! If you think you might be suffering from Achilles tendonitis or any other foot related injury please contact us today so we can get started helping you get back on track again soon! Perhaps you dont live close to us? then download our app today and have your feet assessed from the comfort of your own home